Key Elements to a Successful Partner Newsletter

If you are looking for a simple solution to making sure that your destination partners are staying updated on all of your destination happenings, we have the answer for you! Create a newsletter and consistent distribution schedule to effectively communicate with your partners regularly. Read on for a few key elements to your partner newsletter:

Before we get started, remember: this doesn’t have to be on the same distribution as your monthly leisure newsletter. It can be less or more frequent, depending on the peak season for your destination. 

1. Schedule

Before you do anything else, determine a regular distribution schedule for your partner newsletter that you can and will stick to! Think about events in your area that might be necessary to address or just how often you would like to be communicating with your partners. 

2. Contacts

Next, make sure that you have all of the emails of your area partners before getting started! Your updates won’t be much use unless they’re reaching the right people. If you don’t have these, try collecting them at your next partner event.

3. The Template

Once you’ve set your schedule and establish your partner email database, it’s time to build out your partner newsletter template. The template should be simple and easy-to-use since you will be using it on a fairly consistent basis. The template should consist of these main content elements: 

  1. An event run down for the coming month/week
  2. An educational or news article about travel or destination marketing best practices 
  3. Optional: Include one of your recent blogs if it is relevant to your partners 
  4. Include any possible ways that your partners can connect with community: do you have events coming up that they could sponsor or host? This is a great way to communicate those ideas 

Check out this great partner newsletter example from Pure Ludington

4. Keep Up the Good Work

Along with these major content elements, it’s important to  practice good email marketing habits like: 

  • Use intriguing, relevant, and different subject line and preview text in each email (with emojis!)
  • Change your header image periodically (seasonal works well)
  • Include social media links at the top and bottom of your messages 
  • Keep things clean and concise for your readers

When you are crafting your partner email, it is important to keep in mind that you are their main source for destination information. Being accessible and communicating the key events will allow your partners to be involved and will likely foster a positive relationship with them moving forward! For more tips and tricks on how to develop your digital marketing strategy for your destination, follow us across social media at the links below and subscribe to our e-newsletter

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How to Create an Effective Partner Listing

Partners are a large part of destination functionality, as they help build the destination experience. As a destination marketing organization, it’s important to provide informative, accessible and detailed partner pages on your website. This will not only help your consumer feel well-informed before they arrive but also during their visit when they’re looking for ways to experience your area. Here are the basic elements to help you create an effective digital tool for your visitors: 

1. Basic Information

Start it off simple by including all necessary, basic information that will aid visitors in learning about the partner: 

  • Name 
  • Address – be sure to include cities if you work with several different cities as one organization
  • Phone Number 
  • Hours 
  • The partner’s website 
  • The partner’s social media accounts 

2. About Section / Summary

Be sure to include a small summary of what type of attraction, hotel, restaurant it is. For example: is it a ‘family friendly’ or an adult bar-style type of restaurant? These small details will help your visitors learn about the partner without having to leave your site! Here are some examples of what to include in your summary: 

  • Hotel Amenities 
  • Type of cuisine 
  • Type of environment 
  • Ticket cost or entrance fee
  • Special dietary options on the menu

3. Maps and Directions

Knowing where to go and how to get there is key for visitors. By putting a clickable map on each partner page along and/or a “Get Directions” function that goes to a mapping website, you will give them the easiest access to your partners. Is the place hard to find? Is parking difficult? Including these helpful pieces of information in the partner listing will help your visitors find their way!

4. Media

Include high-quality images of the product in the partner listing. For example: 

      Hotels: Include images of rooms, the lobby, any accommodations or special amenities

      Restaurants: Include images of top food items, drinks and overall aesthetic

      Attraction: Include images of key elements of the attraction and any amenities

5. Related Content

Integrate any related blog content on the partner pages. This could include things like “Top 10 Places to Eat in Grand Rapids” on your restaurant pages or popular trip itineraries like “48 hours in Dallas” on attraction or hotel pages. This is a great way to get more traffic on your blog posts and to continue to give your visitors more tools to improve their visit! 

6. Reviews

Integrating reviews is a great way to keep a user on your website rather than heading to TripAdvisor or Yelp. Plus, it will help them better make the decision on where they want to eat, play or stay without having to leave your site. Check out this examples:

7. Your Visitor’s Guide, E-newsletter & Social Profiles

Finally, it’s essential to make sure to add important consumer content like your social media profiles, a link to subscribe to your e-newsletter and a link to download your destination guide somewhere on every partner page, such as in your footer. Including these on your partner page is a great way to give your visitors every possible resource to keep them informed. 

Effective partner pages are important destination-drivers, as they help build accessibility for your visitors. When you are putting together a partner page, always remember that your end goal should be to create an optimal digital space for your visitors to easily navigate and learn more about your partners. 

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